The importance of breast self-awareness in early detection
As part of their routine health care, women of all ages should be familiar with their bodies. Being aware of breast changes is especially important because many breast cancers are found by women themselves. To promote breast self-awareness, many advocacy groups encourage breast self-exams (BSE) on a routine basis. So, how do you properly perform a BSE and what should you look for?
Massey’s palliative care clinical director named a visionary in his field
Patrick Coyne, M.S.N., A.P.R.N., F.A.A.N., clinical director of the Palliative Care Program at VCU Massey Cancer Center, has been named one of the 30 most influential leaders in hospice and palliative medicine, the medical specialty focused on relieving suffering and improving quality of life for people with serious illnesses. Coyne was recognized as a visionary by his professional peers for his role in advancing hospice and palliative medicine.
Bacterial cells in the gut found to produce steroid hormones that could have implications for prostate and colon cancer
Recently, a team of VCU researchers, including VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers Gregory Buck, M.S., Ph.D., and Phillip Hylemon, Ph.D., member of Massey’s Cancer Cell Signaling research program, provided additional evidence that the bacteria found living inside the human gut may represent an endocrine organ. For example, the VCU team discovered that specialized gut bacterial cells produce steroid hormones – much like specialized cells in the pancreas produce the endocrine molecule insulin.
VCU Massey researchers receive $18.1 million grant to lead a public health study on tobacco
VCU Massey Cancer Center researchers Thomas Eissenberg, Ph.D., and Robert Balster, Ph.D., have received an $18.1 million federal grant – VCU’s third largest to date – to study so-called modified risk tobacco products and other novel tobacco products, such as electronic cigarettes, and to develop an evaluation tool to help inform United States tobacco regulatory policy.
Making strides against breast cancer
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, find out the many ways VCU Massey Cancer Center is making strides in the prevention and treatment of breast cancer and ways in which you can celebrate and support these advances. A National Cancer Institute-designated cancer center, VCU Massey is helping to lead and shape the nation’s fight against breast and other cancers.